Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Matthes Crest

Latitude, Longitude: 37.823259, -119.397379

Matthes Crest is a mile-long knife-edged fin that is one of the more difficult peaks in the park. All of its routes are class 5, including the classic South to North Traverse. It can be reached relatively easily from Tuolumne Meadows, but gets much fewer climbers than its more famous neighbor, Cathedral Peak.


The easiest approach is via the Cathedral Lakes trail in Tuolumne Meadows. From either the east or west, take Highway 120 into Yosemite NP and drive to Tuolumne Meadows. The Cathedral Lakes Trailhead is located on the west end of the meadow, about a mile west of the visitor center. It is a very busy trailhead and there are usually a dozen or more cars parked there at any given time during the summer.